Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions and begins September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, who is the patron saint of ecology in many traditions. 

We invite you to take part in this celebratory period by learning about and reflecting on the upcoming Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. The theme of the Synod is Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology and it will be held from October 6 to 27, 2019 in Rome. During the Season of Creation, let us discern how we can respond to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor in the Amazon.

Here are three ways to take part: 

 

1. LEARN

Take some time to read the following documents to immerse yourself in the themes of the Synod and the challenges faced by the Amazon and its peoples.

 

2. REFLECT and PRAY

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has developed a discernment process for reflecting on the Synod. Gather a few people together and use this tool to guide you through personal prayer and group spiritual conversations in three sessions.  

 

3. ACT

Join a workshop in your region to learn about Development and Peace’s new campaign For our Common Home: A future for the Amazon, a future for all. You will delve into the issues that are threatening the Amazon and its people, and learn how you can take concrete actions to show your solidarity with those defending the Amazon and our common home.

 

List of workshops

Maritimes

Halifax-Yarmouth

Date : Saturday, October 5

Time: 1:30pm - 4pm

Place: Ste-Theresa Parish
6351 North St., Halifax, B3L 1P7

Special instructions: AGM 1:30pm - 2pm
Campaign kick-off 2pm - 4pm

Contact : 902 870-6269 or dgillis@devp.org

Antigonish

Date: Saturday, September 21

Time: 10am - 3pm

Place: 5310 Union Hwy, New Waterford, NS

Special instructions: St. Michael's church hall in St. Leonard Parish

Contact : 902 870-6269 or dgillis@devp.org

Fredericton

Date: Saturday, September 28

Time: 9am

Place: Monsignor Boyd Family Centre
120 Regent St., Fredericton NB

Special instructions: Workshop from 9am until 11:15am
Lunch at 11:15am
Diocesan AGM at 11:50 am til 1:30pm
Guest presenter: Luke Stocking, Deputy Director

Contact : 902 870-6269 or dgillis@devp.org

Charlottetown

Date: Sunday, September 29

Time : 2pm - 4pm

Place : St. Pius X Parish (Mackenzie Room)
106 St. Peter’s Rd (Parkdale) Charlottetown, PEI

Contact : 902 870-6269 or dgillis@devp.org

Quebec

Montreal (English)

TBC

Contact : 514 257-8710, ext. 312 or dpmontreal@devp.org

Ontario

Central

Diocese of Peterborough (2 workshops)

1. Bracebridge

Date: Saturday, September 28

Time: 9:30 am

Place: St. Joseph Parish
118 McMurray St., Bracebridge, ON

Contact : kstaunton@cogeco.ca

 

2. Peterborough

Date: Saturday, October 5

Time: 9:30 am

Place: St. Anne’s Parish
859 Barnardo Ave, Peterborough, ON

Contact : kstaunton@cogeco.ca

 

Archdiocese of Toronto (6 workshops)

1. Toronto

Date: Saturday, October 19

Time: 9 am

Place: Development and Peace Toronto Office
4th Floor, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto, ON

Contact : Keith.Gauntlett2@devp.org or 416 481-1930

 

2. Markham

Date: Saturday, October 19

Time: 9am - 1pm

Place: St. Patrick’s Parish
5633 Hwy 7, Markham, ON

Contact : hoogeveen71@hotmail.com or 416 662-53510

 

3. Whitby

Date: Saturday, October 19

Time: 9am - 1pm

Place: St. John the Evangelist Parish
903 Giffard St., Whitby, ON

Contact : emr0001@hotmail.com or 905 430-7753

 

4. Toronto
Young Adults (18-35)

Date: Wednesday, October 23

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Development and Peace Toronto Office
4th Floor, 80 Hayden Street, Toronto, ON

Contact : nrizzo@devp.org

 

5. Mississauga

Date: Saturday, October 26

Time: 9am - 1pm

Place: St. Dominic’s Parish
625 Atwater Ave, Mississauga, ON

Contact : nrizzo@devp.org

 

6. Barrie

Date: Saturday, November 30

Time: 9am - 1pm

Place: St. Mary’s Parish
65 Amelia St., Barrie, ON

Contact : beckerooski@sympatico.ca or 705 325-4614

East, North

Archdiocese of Kingston (2 workshops)

1. Kingston

Date: Saturday, October 19

Time: 9:45am - 1:00pm

Place: St. Joseph’s Parish
392 Palace Rd, Kingston, ON K7L 4T3

Contact : To register contact Jan Sosiak at sosiak@sympatico.ca

 

2. Smiths Falls

Date: Sunday, October 20

Time: After 11am Mass

Place: St. Francis De Sales Parish
17 Elmsley St N, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2G6

Contact : To register contact Tara Hurdord at thurford@devp.org or 613 738-9644 ext. 224

 

Archdiocese of Ottawa (2 workshops)

1st workshop

Date: Tuesday, October 1

Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Place: Development & Peace Office
Diocesan Centre (2nd Floor)

Special instructions: Light supper provided

Contact : To register contact Tara Hurdord at thurford@devp.org or 613 738-9644 ext. 224

 

2nd workshop

Date : Saturday, October 5

Time: 9am - 12pm

Place: Development & Peace Office
Diocesan Centre (2nd Floor)

Special instructions: Light lunch provided

Contact : To register contact Tara Hurdord at thurford@devp.org or 613 738-9644 ext. 224

 

Diocese of Sault St. Marie Fall Retreat

Dates: October 25 - 27

Place: Anishinabe Spiritual Center
1091 Anderson Lake Rd., Espanola, ON P5E 1T1

Special instructions: Retreat Leader: Sr. Pat Carter, CSJ, will include formation on Care for our Common Home campaign
Regular Cost: Adults $160.00 Students $55.00
Early Bird Cost (register by October 8): Adults $140.00 Students $50.00

Contact : To register contact Doreen Merkas at zagorja@sympatico.ca or 705 693-0424

 

Diocese of Thunder Bay

Date : Saturday, October 19

Time: 9am - 12pm

Place: Pastoral Centre, Diocese of Thunder Bay
1222 Reaume Street, Thunder Bay, ON

Special instructions: Lunch to follow

Contact : Please register with Elizabeth Bortolussi at lizbort@tbaytel.net

South-West

Diocese of London (4 workshops)

1. Wallaceburg

Date : Friday, September 20

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Place: Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Centre
422 Elgin St, Wallaceburg

Contact : 905-521-5632 or rrathbone@devp.org

 

2. Windsor

Date: Saturday, September 21

Time: 9:30am - 1pm

Place: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
804 Grand Marais Rd E, Windsor

Contact : 905-521-5632 or rrathbone@devp.org

 

3. Catholic Educators Workshop | Stratford

Date: Thursday, September 26

Time: 4pm - 5pm

Place: St. Michael Catholic Secondary School
240 Oakdale Ave, Stratford

Contact : 905-521-5632 or rrathbone@devp.org

 

4. London

Date: Thursday, September 26

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Place: St. Michael’s Parish
511 Cheapside St, London

Contact : 905-521-5632 or rrathbone@devp.org

 

Diocese of St. Catharines

Date : Saturday, September 28

Time: TBC

Place: St. Alfred’s Parish
272 Vine St., St Catharines

Contact : 905-521-5632 or rrathbone@devp.org

 

Diocese of Hamilton (3 workshops)

1. Hamilton

Date : Tuesday, October 1

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Place: Annunciation of our Lord Parish
280 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Contact : 905-521-5632 or rrathbone@devp.org

 

2. Guelph

Date: Thursday, October 3

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Place: Holy Rosary Parish
175 Emma St., Guelph

Contact : 905-521-5632 or rrathbone@devp.org

 

3. Burlington

Date: Tuesday, October 8

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Place: St. Raphael’s Parish
4072 New St., Burlington

Contact : 905-521-5632 or rrathbone@devp.org

Manitoba

Winnipeg

Date : Friday, September 20

Time: 6pm - 10pm

Place: St Maurice School (cafeteria)
1639 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB

Special instructions: Pizza at 6pm, workshop to follow

Contact : Please register with Janelle Delorme at 204 231-2848 or jdelorme@devp.org

Saskatchewan and Keewatin-Le Pas

Regina

Date : Wednesday, September 25

Time: 7pm - 9:30pm

Place: Christ the King Parish
3239 Garnet St, Regina, SK S4S 1X8

Contact : 306 205-2334, ext. 210 or phangandu@devp.org

Shaunavon

Date : Saturday, September 28

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Place: Christ the King Parish
580 5th St E, Shaunavon, SK S0N 2M0

Contact : 306 205-2334, ext. 210 or phangandu@devp.org

Regina East Region

Date : Sunday, September 29

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Place: Our Lady of Victories
308 Sussex Ave, Esterhazy, SK

Contact : 306 205-2334, ext. 210 or phangandu@devp.org

Saskatoon

Date : Saturday, October 5

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Place: St. Anne's Parish
217 Lenore Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6Y2

Contact : 306 205-2334, ext. 210 or phangandu@devp.org

Prince Albert West Region

Date : Tuesday, October 8

Time: 5pm - 7:30pm

Place: St. André Parish Hall
1301-112th Street, North Battleford, SK

Contact : 306 205-2334, ext. 210 or phangandu@devp.org

Regional Online Workshop

Date : Thursday, October 17

Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

Place: Online

Special instructions: Please register in advance by emailing phangandu@devp.org

Contact : 306 205-2334, ext. 210 or phangandu@devp.org

Bruno

Date : Sunday, October 20

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Place: St. Bruno Parish
700 Kirby St, Bruno, SK S0K 0S0

Contact : 306 205-2334, ext. 210 or phangandu@devp.org

Prince Albert

Date : Saturday, October 26

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Place: St. Joseph's Parish (Queen of Peace room)
260 - 25th Street East, Prince Albert

Contact : 306 205-2334, ext. 210 or phangandu@devp.org

Alberta and Northwest Territories

Edmonton

Date : Saturday, September 21

Time: 10:30am - 3:00pm

Place: Newman Theological College
10012 84 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 0B2

Contact : 1-844-480-3387 or mnino@devp.org

Grouard McLennan

Date : Saturday, September 28

Time: 10am - 12pm

Place: Skype

Contact : 1-844-480-3387 or mnino@devp.org

Calgary

Date : Saturday, October 19

Time: 2pm - 6pm

Place: Catholic Pastoral Center
120 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

Contact : 1-844-480-3387 or mnino@devp.org

Red Deer

Date : Saturday, November 16

Time: 10am - 2pm

Place: Sacred Heart Parish
5508 48A Ave, Red Deer, AB

Contact : 1-844-480-3387 or mnino@devp.org

British Columbia and Yukon

Kamloops

Date : Sunday, September 22

Time: 9am - 2pm

Place: Holy Family Parish
2797 Sunset Dr, Kamloops, BC V2C 4K7

Special instructions: Mass will start at 10:30am

Contact : 604 683-0281, ext. 50748 or jlaurie@devp.org

B.C./Yukon Regional - Online Workshop

Date : Wednesday, September 25

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Place: Skype

Special instructions: Please contact Jeremy Laurie for link to the workshop

Contact : 604 683-0281, ext. 50748 or jlaurie@devp.org

Victoria

Date : Saturday, September 28

Time: 9:15am - 3pm

Place: St. Patrick’s Parish Hall
2060 Haultain St, Victoria, BC V8R 2L7

Contact : 604 683-0281, ext. 50748 or jlaurie@devp.org

Nelson
(2 workshops)

1. Castlegar

Date : Friday, October 4

Time: 7pm

Place: St. Rita Parish Hall
513 7th Ave, Castlegar, BC V1N 1R3

Special instructions: Film screening/presentation

Contact : 604 683-0281, ext. 50748 or jlaurie@devp.org

 

2. Castlegar

Date : Saturday, October 5

Time: 9am - 7pm

Place: St. Rita Parish Hall
513 7th Ave, Castlegar, BC V1N 1R3

Special instructions: Workshop, meeting, Mass and dinner

Contact : 604 683-0281, ext. 50748 or jlaurie@devp.org

Vancouver
(5 workshops)

1. Coquitlam

Date : Wednesday, October 23

Time: 6:30pm - 9pm

Place: All Saint’s Parish
821 Fairfax Street, Coquitlam, BC

Contact : Pinky Pascual at pinky.devpeace@gmail.com

 

2. Langley

Date : Saturday, October 26

Time: 9:30am - noon

Place: St Joseph’s Parish
20676 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC

Contact : Pinky Pascual at pinky.devpeace@gmail.com

 

3. Vancouver

Date : Saturday, November 2

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Place: St. Augustine’s Parish
2028 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Contact : Pinky Pascual at pinky.devpeace@gmail.com

 

4. New Westminster

Date : Saturday, November 23

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Place: St. Peter’s Parish
330 Royal Ave, New Westminster, BC

Contact : Pinky Pascual at pinky.devpeace@gmail.com

 

5. Coquitlam

Date : Saturday, November 30

Time: TBC

Place: Our Lady of Fatima Parish
315 Walker Street, Coquitlam, BC

Contact : Pinky Pascual at pinky.devpeace@gmail.com